The cold, dry air wreaks havoc on my skin, so I decided to experiment with my own skin treatment. The balm I made is a chapstick consistency which melts to a liquid at body temp. Absorbs slowly but leaves skin feeling soft for hours.
In a foil-lined pot over medium heat, melt:
1 oz pure cocoa butter
1 tbs extra virgin coconut oil
1 tsp Vit E in safflower oil
optional: 10 drops essential aroma oil
To make a massage candle, add 1 tbs beeswax/soy wax pellets. Pour mixture into container, tie wick to a string over the container, and let solidify. (Now testing to see if the wax is really necessary)
Instead of wax, I added 1 tsp pure glycerin to retain moisture and keep mixture more spreadable. Not sure if it worked. Cocoa butter was the primary ingredient and the entire mixture resolidified over 3 days until it was nearly as hard as the pure cocoa stick. When kept in a warm room, it acts as a thick paste. In a colder room it is very solid. It melts quickly with body heat and massages in well. Excellent for cuticles.